Chances are you have heard loads of information in recent years about BPA and other hormone-disrupting chemicals in plastics. Even if you use BPA-free plastics, you may still be at risk of exposure to other chemicals in the plastic that can make it’s way into your food. Plus, there is plenty of concern about the amount of garbage generated with plastic containers, many of which are not biodegradable and some cannot be recycled.
Whether you are concerned about the environment or concerned about your health (or both!), it is worth taking a look at the type of food containers you use. Admittedly, we still use disposable plastic containers and baggies for lunches and leftovers because they are cheap, but even from a financial perspective, it makes better sense to get reusable containers that will last years versus weeks (or hours in the case of ziploc bags).
One company making healthy and eco-friendly containers, Mira Brands, sent me a trio of stainless steel containers to try out and review. These containers look amazing, much better than your standard Tupperware. But most importantly, these containers are:
- Unlined 18/8 stainless steel
- Non-toxic lids (LDPE #4 plastic)
- Free of BPA, phthalates, PVC and lead
- Won’t stain or hold odors from other foods
The color-coordinated lids make organizing easy, plus the containers are nesting so you can save a bit of space in your cupboards. Not sure whether you want to spring for glass or stainless steel containers? Stainless steel containers have a couple advantages over glass: they are lightweight, portable, and unbreakable. The only downside to these containers is that you can’t microwave them, but if you are anti-microwave, this won’t be an issue anyway 😉
I wasn’t sure how leak-proof these would be, so I did a leak test: I filled one container with water, put the lid on, and set it on it’s side in the sink over a paper towel. No leaks! I was quite surprised that these didn’t leak; the lids sit snug on the containers, but are still easy to get on and off. Perfect!
I really like this container set, and I would love to get more of them and eventually do away with my plastic containers and bags. These are definitely worth a look if you are in the market for a plastic alternative in your house.
Want to try the Mira Stainless Steel Lunchbox Trio for yourself? Mira and The Fit Cookie are giving away a set!
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Disclosure: I received a free product to review on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers.
Food allergy mom and healthy living blogger! Sarah is also an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Certified Health Coach, and an ACE Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist